Leibniz’s world of infinite and continuous variation
Sjoerd van Tuinen
Date | 9 April 2013
Time | 17:00 – 19:00
Place | PC Hoofthuis, Amsterdam
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The reading group “Discourse Network 2000: Reading (around) Friedrich Kittler” cordially invites you to join their session focusing on the work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, which includes an introductory lecture to Leibniz’ thought by dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In the past decade(s) Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter (1986) has gained much notoriety (and criticism) in the field of media studies and beyond. In the reading group we aim to gain a better understanding of a lesser known part of Kittler’s oeuvre: his take on the materiality of media and the emergence of a primacy of data as well as the role of information and noise in what may be called ‘Discourse Network 2000’ – the age of digital data.
Mentioned by Kittler on various occasions, this session will focus on Leibniz’s early, but influential contributions to these developments as one of the first philosophers to deal with the mathematical foundations of reality. The readings include Leibniz’ seminal text
‘The Principle of Philosophy, or, the Monadology’ as well as several shorter texts. Dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen will provide an introduction to Leibniz’s thought called “Leibniz’s world of infinite and continuous variation.” The lecture will be followed by a discussion.
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Dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Man and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy.
Van Tuinen obtained his first Master’s degree in Sociology (2002), with a specialization in the Sociology of Culture, and his second Master’s degree in Philosophy (cum laude, 2003), with a specialization in Philosophical Anthropology. In 2009 he received a PhD in Philosophy from Ghent University for his dissertation entitled ‘Mannerism in Philosophy: A Study of Deleuze’s Development of Monadology into Nomadology, of Leibnizian Approaches to the Problem of Constitution, and of Deleuze’s Concept of Mannerism’. In 2008/2009 he worked as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University.
His research interests are in speculative philosophy, aesthetics and social and political theory. He has authored Sloterdijk. Binnenstebuiten denken (Kampen: Klement, 2004) and edited several books, including Deleuze Compendium (Amsterdam: Boom, 2009), Die Vermessung des Ungeheuren. Philosophie nach Peter Sloterdijk (Muenchen: Fink, 2009), Deleuze and The Fold. A Critical Reader(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and De nieuwe Franse filosofie. Denkers en thema’s voor de 21e eeuw (Amsterdam: Boom, 2011).